For years I used to visit Mont-Tremblant with my parents. We came in the winter time to ski, and the summer time to just enjoy nature. Although a lot of those old photos of me show a moody teenager, I promise you in my head I only remember the good fun things I got to do with my family. So when Tourisme Mont-Tremblant asked our family to come up for the weekend and experience all the area had to offer, I couldn’t say no. It immediately brought back so many memories for me and I wanted to experience it all with my family.
While a lot people come up to Tremblant during the winter to ski or snowboard, the region really has so much more to offer. From great restaurants, to snow shoeing, dog sledding, tubing, and more. We were only there for a short few days so we tried to do as much as we could with the boys, but we have big plans to return next year and stay for a whole week, that’s how much fun we had.
Although we knew we would miss Henrik a lot, we felt it made more sense for him to stay home with my mom and dad, to keep his routine solid. He’s at the age where he thinks he’s a big boy who can do everything his brother’s do, but of course he’s still too little to do it all. Plus his 3 hour afternoon naps are his favourite part of the day…did I mention how much Henrik loves sleep?! We decided to fly in and out of Mont-Tremblant with Porter Airlines because it would cut down a lot on our drive up and they have car rental kiosk right in the airport. It was an easy 1 hour flight from Downtown Toronto plus a 45min drive on the other side to get to our condo rental. We left our house at 7:30am and were in our chalet by noon..so so convenient.
The first day we arrived we checked right into our condo at Les Haut Bois which is a Sunstar Property. It was a large two bedroom ski in and out condo, pretty close to the mountain and the tourist area. The benefit to this location is its very quiet and there’s a shuttle right outside the door. Its about a 10minute walk to the village and has an underground parking garage (which is key in cold temperatures so your car starts the next day). I would absolutely rent a condo again the next time we visit because it allowed us to make our own breakfasts and go at our own pace. Sometimes hotels can be a bit tricky with young kids that wake up at 5:30am starving and needing food. The only thing I would mention when looking to rent a chalet is the location depending on whether or not you’re travelling with kids. The condo was uphill which was tricky with small kids and equipment. There was a ski/snowboard path right outside which takes you to a lift but it was designated as a blue run. So if you’re a beginner or your kids are not steady on skis it can be tricky to get down, and even harder to come back at the end of the day. The shuttle does run every 30minutes on weekends and via call on weekdays, but if its very cold out, or you just miss it, again it can be tricky with small kids. So make sure you look on the map of the properties and pick one that suits your needs.
After our check in and a quick lunch we quickly headed out to do some snowshoeing at Domaine Saint-Bernard with Ski de Fond Mont-Tremblant. Ok this is an absolute GEM of a spot. You guys have no idea how stunning the trails are. I tried my best to capture it with photos but of course, real life is always better. I actually can’t wait to go back and do this again with the kids. We took the easiest trail, on the guide’s recommendation. As we neared the end I could hear chirping in the distance so I asked the boys to stand still for a minute and not say a word. Well as soon as we did that, the little birds surrounded us. They landed on our hats and hands, it was so incredible we couldn’t believe it. After we’d had our fill of the little birds we turned around to head back. When out of nowhere a deer came into the path. She stood there for a while looking at us, then made her way off to the side to snack on a few twigs, and then proceeded to come and sniff Johannes. We stood as still as rocks, half in shock, half not wanting to scare it away. Even Magnus who is never ever quiet was as silent as could be. To say magical doesn’t really do this place justice, its such a little piece of paradise. 100% a must do!
Next we headed to town to have dinner at Resto-Pub Au Coin which is the cute little restaurant inside Hotel Mont Tremblant. It’s one of the oldest place in Mont-Tremblant where locals meet every week, but when we got there we realized we were way too early. So we grabbed rental skates next door and headed to Lac Mercier, just across from there, to skate a bit on the frozen lake before dinner. The kids were pretty excited to see the giant slide made entirely of ice next to the lake so of course they had to do a couple of runs to test it out.
The next two days we spent on the mountain. We signed the boys up for full day snowboarding lessons, semi private on day one and group lessons on day two. This allowed Michael and I to get in a few runs as well. Did I mention I hadn’t put on skis in over 15 years?! Michael tried to tell me I needed lessons too, but the joke was on him! Skiing is totally like riding a bike…a little rusty at first but I was back in action and on the blue runs by day 2.
On day 1 we picked up the boys for lunch and took them up to the top of the mountain to have lunch together at Le Manitou. Its so pretty up there, and if they have the chili I would highly recommend it. Its delicious! Then for dinner we headed to Restaurant Savoie in the village, which serves up some of the most delicious fondue and raclette. If you’re not familiar with raclette you need to be. Its a delicious cheese that’s melted right on top of bread, boiled potatoes, meats and served with various pickles. It was the perfect meal, and we finished it off with a delicious chocolate fondue. Major must do!
Day 2 was similar in ski lessons and their lunch was included in the kids’ lesson package. It was bitterly cold that day though, and it made activities a little bit harder. The instructors were amazing and brought the kids indoors more often so they wouldn’t get too cold. I had bought a lot of hand and foot warmers before we left and they went to good use that day. At -27 without wind, it would have been terrible not to have been prepared. Michael and I had lunch at Le Shack which is right at the bottom of the gondola and is great for an acres ski drink as well. The kids ate with their new friends and instructors, who took them back up the mountain to Le Manitou. The plan was to grab the kids from snow school and head downtown for a pizza dinner at Pizza & Cie which has wonderful reviews, but we had to change our plans slightly and ended up eating in the village again at Pizzateria instead.
our only family photo…grainy but good! it was hard to persuade anyone to take their gloves off at -30 😂
It was a really wonderful 3 days spent with the older kids and Michael. I think if we didn’t have Henrik waiting for us back home we would have tried to extend our stay by a day or two. It was that wonderful. But next year we will absolutely be back for a longer time…with Henrik in tow because he will be nearly 3 by then and we can put him in a few lessons as well! I think we will try to get our friends and family to join us as well, because trips like this are always fun with more people too.
So now…for a sample itinerary! If you’re coming to Mont-Tremblant just for 3 days this is the perfect one for you!
Arrival & Check-In
Skate Rentals at Max Ski Service
|Dinner at Resto-pub Au Coin|
Skating at Lac Mercier
Skiing at Tremblant
Snowboarding School at Tremblant (the kids) • 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
Lunch at Le Manitou
Dinner at Restaurant Savoie
Snowshoeing or winter hiking at the Domaine Saint-Bernard • 9 a.m.
Lunch at Le Shack
Skiing and Snowboarding • p.m.
Dinner at Pizza & Cie
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